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Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center. /

How a Martyr Killed by the Mafia in Italy Inspired a Generation of Catholic Lawyers

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal legacy lives on through the work of a center in Italy dedicated to issues of life, the family, and religious freedom.

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain. /

Pope Francis Recognizes Martyrdom of Judge Killed by Mafia in Italy, to be Beatified

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse in Sicily.

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018. Credit: AFP via Getty Images /

Pope Francis Supports Project to "free" Virgin Mary from Mafia Exploitation in Italy

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use her figure to wield power and exert control